One of the nation's top goalkeeping coaches, Laurie George joined the Maryland women's soccer program on April 27, 2007 and is now in her seventh season in College Park.
George's impact on the Maryland keepers was easily seen in 2008 when she coached Mary Casey to a first-team All-ACC season. Casey began the season as a center back, but returned to her original position of goalkeeper early in the season. She compiled a 0.90 goals-against average - the fifth-best single-season GAA in Terps' history.
In her first season with the Terps, George was instrumental in helping bring along freshman Yewande Balogun, who earned All-ACC Freshman team honors and Freshman All-America honors by Soccer Buzz. But Balogun was injured in the Terps' 15th game of the season and George helped Casey, who had played much of the past two seasons as a defender, make the transition back into the goal, which included a 2-0 shutout of NC State in the season finale.
Balogun regained her position as the Terps' starting keeper prior to the 2010 season and was exceptional under George's tutelage for her remaining two seasons. Maryland advanced to the NCAA tournament in both 2010 and 2011, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2011. Balogun would finish her Terrapin career as the all-time leader in goals-against average and tied for second in career shutouts.
Maryland's succession of talented keepers continued in 2012 when redshirt freshman Rachelle Beanlands took over the starting job and posted a 1.07 goals-against average against one of the nation's toughest schedules. Beanlands earned a 14-7-1 record with six shutouts and victories against 2012 NCAA champion North Carolina, ACC tournament champion Virginia and NCAA qualifiers Wake Forest, Boston College and Stony Brook.
George came to Maryland after spending the previous six years as an assistant coach at Clemson. During that time, the Lady Tigers reached the NCAA tournament each year, including the 2006 Elite Eight and the 2001 Sweet 16 and a No. 11 final ranking.
Clemson's defense was outstanding while George coached the goalkeepers. During her six seasons there, Clemson registered 53 team shutouts and allowed just over one goal per match.
Prior to coaching at Clemson, George was an assistant coach at the College of New Jersey for three years. While there, the Lions won the 2000 NCAA Division III National Championship. The College of New Jersey was a semifinalist in 1999 and finalist in 1998 at the NCAA Division III Tournament.
George graduated from Georgian Court College (Lakewood, N.J.) with a B.A. degree in elementary education and psychology in 1998. At Georgian Court College, she was a starting goalkeeper for four seasons and was a three-time NSCAA All-America goalkeeper. While at Georgian Court College, she led her team to the NAIA Final Four in 1994 and 1995 and the quarterfinals in 1997. In her senior season in 1997, the two-time team captain was selected as one of the top 16 players in the nation by being named to the Umbro Select Elite 16.
During her time at GCC, she set the NSCAA national record with 57 career shutouts as a goalkeeper and was named conference player of the year as a senior. George was also named the New Jersey Woman of the Year after her sophomore season.
George graduated with a master's degree from the College of New Jersey in the spring of 2001 from the School of Counseling.
George played two years in the W-League with the Delaware Genies. George was drafted by the Philadelphia Charge in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) Professional League and played one season in the summer of 2001.
George is a director for former US National Team coach Tony DiCicco with SoccerPlus Goalkeeper Camps. She is a member of the ODP Region I coaching staff.
George has been a part of the US U14 and U15 Girls U.S. National Teams since 2006. She has her USSF "A" Coaching License and NSCAA Advance National Goalkeeper License.
George was inducted into the inaugural Hillsborough (N.J.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame on March 22, 2003. In her free time she competes in sprint triathalons.
The former Laurie Pells married her husband Ryan on May 23, 2009. The couple has two daughters, Ashley and Katelyn, and currently live in Ellicott City, Md.